Meeting the Needs of the Gifted and Talented

1) Who are the gifted and what do they need?

2) How do we find and identify the gifted?   

3) How do we serve the gifted?

  • Grouping This site addresses addresses "cluster grouping" and other forms of grouping of the gifted.
  • Gifted and Talented High School Programs Look at this site for program options, teaching strategies, models, forms and examples.  Be sure to check pp 24-26 for components of a high school programming for the gifted.
  • Guidelines for Developing an Academic Acceleration Policy
  • Iowa Acceleration Scale   This tool helps schools make effective decisions regarding a grade skip.  A student/child study team (including educators, teachers, parents, and other professionals) are guided through a discussion of the academic and social characteristics of the student in order to make the best decision for the student. 
  •  A Nation Deceived  This report highlights disparities between the research on acceleration and the educational beliefs and practices that often run contrary to the research.
  • John Renzuli shares his perspective on "What Is This Thing Called Giftedness and How Did We Develop It:  A 25-year Perspective."  This author provides reflections on the 25 years of his work, focusing on the evolutions of models designed to help identify and meet the needs of gifted and talented students. The cited models include the Three Ring Conception of Giftedness, the Enrichment Triad Model, and the Schoolwide Enrichment Model. Summaries focus on the rationale supporting each model, including practical applications of the model in various school situations and underlying research. Also included are insights related to potential modifications and future development of the models.
  • The Underachievement of the Gifted What Do We Know and Where Do We Go?  This article by Sally Reis and D. Betsy McCoach reviews years of studies on underachievement among the gifted. It explores some of the problems of identifying these students. The authors also include suggestions for those interested in pursuing potentially promising new lines of research and inquiry in this area. 

4) Why do the gifted need services?

5) How do we know our services to the gifted are working? 



This page was updated on August 12, 2021.  Please share additional URLs that would be helpful to educators.  Contact Lou Howell.